Thank you for your interest in YAS membership. Applications have now closed.

We are happy to announce that we received many high quality application from a wide range of professional and academic fields.  We are now processing these; we expect to notify all applicants of their application results by 1st June 2018.

The next recruitment round will take place in early 2020.


At-Risk Academic and Refugee Membership

Scotland’s at-risk academic and refugee community includes many people who have the potential to make outstanding and meaningful contributions to the future prosperity of Scottish society. We are committed to working with at-risk academic and refugee (ARAR) members to help them to release their full potential, and encourage them to apply for membership.  More information on membership, and the support YAS offers to ARAR Members, is included on the application form.

Download the ARAR Application Form 

 Prospective applicants may contact Marie Montondo, YAS Officer for more information about the ARAR initiative via

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Where are YAS members from?

 Currently comprising of 126 individuals, members of the Young Academy are drawn from a range of work areas and regions in Scotland. A key aim of the Young Academy is to foster interdisciplinary activities, and our membership reflects that. Areas represented include Business, Education, the Third Sector, the Arts, Humanities and Science.

As the Young Academy grows over the coming years, our intention is to ensure each of these areas, and more disciplines, are visible in our membership. This will mean our portfolio of activities benefits from a diverse range of skills, expertise and experience.

What are YAS members like?

 Although representing diverse areas of work, our members share a desire to tackle issues across traditional boundaries in an interdisciplinary fashion. We are interested in communicating and debating issues with the public and policy makers, and although rooted in Scotland we are always looking beyond its shores. If you want to use your skills and experiences to improve society, then you will find a warm welcome at the Young Academy.

What are current YAS activities?

All YAS activities are multi-disciplinary and encompass one (or more) or the six core themes laid out in our five-year Strategic Plan, 2020 Vision. 


  • Healthier
  • Smarter
  • Enterprising
  • Sustainable
  • Equal
  • International

Many YAS activities are conducted by Working Groups which set their own agenda of activities and work toward responding to some of the most interesting and pressing challenges facing Scotland today. Some activities are carried out by temporary "special project" groups, which may apply for YAS Grants, or seek external funding.  Other projects and events are carried out in conjunction with partner organisations.

As a member of the Young Academy, you will have the opportunity to participate in the ongoing programmes of our existing working groups and committees, or to encourage new areas of work.

What has YAS achieved to date?

 Since its inception in 2011, YAS’s working groups have acheived some exciting and interesting output. Some of the highlights to date are: 

  • Brexit: The Impact for Scotland: In September 2017, YAS released a report to reflect on the ongoing and future impact of Brexit for Scotland.The report comprises of ten articles, each focusing on the impact of Brexit on a different industry, sector or area of society in Scotland, written by a YAS member who is an expert in that field. Each article comes with a set of recommendations for policy-makers and other stakeholders. The report can be found on our publications page.
  • Research the Headlines: One of YAS's longest running and most sucessful projects, Rsearch the Headlines is a blog which addresses the way in which research is discussed and portrayed in the media. Each post takes recent media coverage of a piece of research as a starting point, and allows readers to get to a better understanding of what was really done, and what it might mean for them, from an expert but independent position. The blog is intended to be of interest to those with and without any training in research.  The YAS members behind Research the Headlines also ran Rewrite the Headlines a popular educational competition for primary school classes across Scotland, in 2015. For more about this competition, visit our news section.
  • FIRST Lego League: In conjunction with not-for-profit organisation Lambda Jam, YAS’s Computing in Schools working group runs the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) in Scotland.  An international robotics programme for students aged 9-16, FLL helps young people develop engineering, robotics, computing and design skills.  In its 2016-2017 season, FLL Scotland included 3 tournaments, which were held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Dundee, and included 50 teams of students. The 2017- 2018 Season has now begun; for more about Scotland’s FLL, visit the Lambda Jam website, or see news articles about FLL in our press section.

What might I gain from membership?

There are many reasons why people might wish to join the Young Academy, and these are likely to vary by sector. However, our members recognise the benefit of being able to increase their network beyond those of their main area of work to share and develop new ideas. Membership can give access to channels to influence policy or enhance personal development in terms of social responsibility. The opportunity for interdisciplinary working is at the core of many of the ongoing and planned activities of the Young Academy.

In addition to the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary public benefit projects, YAS members benefit from:

  • Eligibility for the RSE grants schemes
  • A mentoring scheme linking members of the YAS with Fellows of the RSE
  • Use of the Fellows’ Room in the RSE building in Edinburgh
  • Workshops, networking events, and plenaries which are often attended by key decision-makers
  • Opportunities to meet and network with members of other Young Academies worldwide


What is expected of me?

 The success of the Young Academy’s portfolio of activities is built upon an active membership. Membership should be regarded as an invitation to serve; you will take an active role in current activities and in the development of new ones. Members of the Young Academy are expected to make every effort to attend the three annual plenary meetings held in locations across Scotland (financial support is available to cover travel costs)

In addition, members will be required to actively participate in at least one YAS project, working group, or committtee.

Applicants should ensure that they can accommodate the potential time commitment required for YAS membership, typically 4-5 hours/month.

Members of the YAS will be selected for one term of 5 years without the possibility of re-election. Members who take a career break of at least six months, e.g. for caring responsibilities, may have their membership extended by the length of the career break.


Contact us

  If you would like to make an informal enquiry, please contact Marie Montondo (Young Academy Officer) in the first instance:; 0131 240 5027

RSE Young Academy of Scotland,

22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ.

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Nick Rawlinson is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Aberdeen. He obtained his PhD from Monash University in 2001 and spent the next 12 years at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, where he carried out both theoretical and field-based studies in seismology

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